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    19 Books So Questionable That People Started Them But Never Finished Them

    *Gently tosses book out window while screaming.*

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What's one book that you started but never finished, and why?" and — WHEW BUDDY — they did not hold back. Here are just a few books that people NOPED the heck out of before they saw that bittersweet "The End":

    ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: These are personal opinions of various members of the BuzzFeed Community and in no way a reflection or condemnation of these books as a whole. Please feel free to open up further discussion in the comments!

    1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

    Vintage Books

    "I adored the film, but I HATED the book and couldn't complete it. I just don’t need to read two full paragraphs on the way a pair of glasses look and also there were one or two paragraphs that scarred me for life. Glass tube. Hamster. Enough said."

    opal25

    2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    MacAdam/Cage

    “I got to the part where the time tracker had a sexual encounter with himself and couldn’t finish reading."

    cadyj1392

    3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers

    Little, Brown and Company/Gail Doobinin/Roger Hagadone

    "I have been bored enough to read a dictionary before, but I couldn’t even get past the first hundred pages of this before slamming the book shut and giving it back to my friend."

    chanl

    4. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

    Macmillan

    "Hailed as a disturbing, controversial book, I gave it a go — being a big fan of that genre. Unfortunately it was just, well, boring. I gave up not even halfway through. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't. I'm still a little gutted because it was supposed to be this masterpiece!"

    kimberstar

    5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

    Riverhead Books

    "People sang its praises, so I gave it a go. I don't like giving up on books, but I hated it. The main character is so deeply unlikable that I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to her."

    r16can196

    6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

    Vintage Books

    "I hated the main character, there was just nothing likable or believable about her or the writing. I’ll admit I've read some crazy shit, but at least it was well written and made to believe it could happen."

    kbartak

    7. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

    Grasset and Gallimard

    "I tried...oh, how I tried. Didn't get far. I love so many different books and so many different genres, but this was hell for me."

    ivanad4be24a3a0

    8. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

    Olympia Press

    "That was a big 'NO' from me. I tried, but I couldn’t get past the whole 'pedophile grooming his victim' plot."

    somethingcleverhere

    9. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    Random House

    "I was already a little down in the dumps when I picked it up. I’ve read The Road, so I should have known better, but I just love westerns. I felt mentally awful after one page. I couldn’t do it."

    kapamay

    10. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

    Little, Brown and Company

    "It's just SO boring. I got halfway through, but I couldn't take it anymore."

    questionauthority

    11. The Stand by Stephen King

    Doubleday

    "It's the longest book he's ever written. I got about halfway through and wondered the entire time when the plot was going to pick up. It never did. It just went on, and on, and on...and on. So I had to stop."

    sillygoose2639

    12. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    Doubleday

    "I found it to be SO CONFUSING?! I could not get past the first few chapters without turning back to try and figure out what I missed."

    kiarac2909

    13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    Little, Brown

    "I might get a lot of flack for this but...I just did not like the writing style at all. I read most of it, but it was a chore and still can't bring myself to finish it years later (and this is coming from a person who never lets a bad book defeat them). I did watch the movie though!"

    sweetnessa

    14. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Faber and Faber

    "The author has a Nobel prize, the book won the Booker prize, and the movie (which I also haven't seen) was nominated for a bunch of Oscars, but I just couldn't get into it. I guess I couldn't identify with this very formal butler who seemed to like being a butler. It was a snooze-fest."

    kngreyh

    15. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    Celadon Books

    "I ordered it since it was a finalist for book of the year and just...I sincerely do not understand how it is so lauded. Aside from the subtle misogyny dripping off every page (every woman is either sexy or a bitch, there is no in-between), the writing is terribly, horribly boring. I must have fallen asleep reading it three separate times."

    tersicore

    16. Summerland by Michael Chabon

    Miramax/Hyperion

    "I typically don't give up on books that I've purchased because I don't want to have wasted my money, but this was so awful. Unfortunately, it was a required book for my English class that year and, needless to say, I didn't do so well."

    miihika

    17. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    Little, Brown and Company

    "I had always heard it was a classic and a must-read, but then I tried to read it. It was just not for me. I found it pretentious, poorly written, and the main character was not relatable to me...even though I was exactly the right age to be reading it at the time."

    mattyc3

    18. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

    Doubleday

    "I got it specifically because I'd heard that it was a really disturbing book, but I just couldn't get into it. I found it dull and meandering."

    malloryt3

    19. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

    HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

    "The last book in the Divergent series. I loved the first one and was a little underwhelmed by the second one, but I still wanted to finish. That was a HUGE mistake. It was just so bad that I actually skipped some parts to try to finish."

    strawberrytwist26

    Now it's YOUR turn! What's a book you started but, for whatever reason, couldn't finish? Share yours and a little bit about why in the comments below!

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